Yemen militants shoot 14 soldiers, drone
kills three al Qaeda suspects
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[August 09, 2014]
By Mohammed Mukhashaf
ADEN (Reuters) - An al Qaeda-affiliated
group in Yemen said it killed 14 soldiers in an eastern province as
revenge for an army offensive against its members, while a U.S. drone
attack killed three suspected militants in central Yemen on Saturday, an
The Yemeni army has sent extra troops to the Wadi Hadramout region
in northeastern Yemen to counter attempts by militant group Ansar al
Sharia to declare an Islamic emirate in the city of Seiyoun.
In the past week, Yemeni security forces have killed at least 25
suspected militants in clashes in Wadi Hadramout, including seven
who were killed on Thursday when they tried to attack an army
Residents and officials said people in the area found the bodies of
the 14 soldiers riddled with bullets on a road near Seiyoun, three
hours after they were abducted from a public bus.
The soldiers were on their way to Sanaa, on leave after serving in
Ansar al-Sharia, in an internet posting late on Friday, confirmed
its militants had ambushed and killed the soldiers for taking part
in military operations against the group.
"...The captive soldiers participated in the latest campaign against
Sunni Muslims in Wadi Hadramout, and thus the mujahideen decided to
kill them as a punishment for their crimes," the statement said.
The group posted pictures of the soldiers in civilian clothes
surrounded by militants concealing their faces with traditional head
On Saturday, three suspected al Qaeda militants in the central
province of Maareb were killed in a U.S. drone, a local official
"The air raid was conducted by a U.S. drone plane which targeted a
house in the Maareb province, killing three people inside who are
suspected to be members of al Qaeda," he said.
The United States considers al Qaeda in Yemen one of the most
dangerous wings of the militant network founded by Osama bin Laden.
In recent years it has made several attempts to carry out
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To counter the group, Washington lends financial and logistical
support to the Yemen's government and military, including regular
Stability in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab World,
is of international concern because it borders major international
shipping lanes and lies next to Saudi Arabia, the world's largest
Taking advantage of a power vacuum that arose during a 2011 uprising
against the then President Ali Abdullah Saleh, militants took over
several southern towns and districts but were later repelled by a
U.S. backed military offensive.
In recent months, militants have been trying to consolidate their
control over remote and volatile parts of eastern Yemen such as Wadi
In Seiyoun, the group had been distributing leaflets suggesting they
wanted to establish an Islamic emirate and ordered women not to go
out without a male guardian.
(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by
Sami Aboudi and Amena Bakr; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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